Friends, this world around us- it's not a peaceful place. It's not the place you want to raise kids in, because it's full of distrust and wickedness. You might not want to turn on the news because it's full of violence, pornography, hatred. Many people don't even feel safe in their own neighborhoods or cities anymore. This is not the beautiful garden God originally planned for human beings to live and thrive in.
This world is not good, and this world is not our home. Yet living in this world, as believers, we can have faith because of Jesus' love for us. We can have faith because of Jesus' promises of deliverance if we cling to Him. God offers us peace today to fill and comfort our hearts.
John 16:33 "I have told you these things that you may have peace, in this world you will have trouble, but take heart I have overcome the world."
"It is peace that you need- Heaven's forgiveness and peace and love in the soul. Money cannot buy it, intellect cannot procure it, wisdom cannot attain it; you can never hope, but by your own efforts secure it (righteousness)." EGW. But God gives you salvation as a free gift, and He accompanies His gift of salvation with the gift of peace and joy in all circumstances.
1 Peter 5:7 "Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you." Friend, what are you anxious about? Is it the troubles of this world? The wars, the racism, the riots, the illness all around us? Is it disease, calamities, money, relationships? God cares about us and He cares about our every need. The Bible says that even as much as he provides even food for the sparrows daily, he will provide for us the things we need if we look to him (Matthew 6:26).
Philippians 4:7 "And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." Today friends, Jesus offers you peace- yes even you. God sees your heart and minds, he sees whatever you are anxious about, maybe even it is a relationship with Him. The Lord is looking at you with a smile, He is pursuing you in love. He has gracious thoughts towards you of kindness. Choose to follow Him today friends, and accept by faith, His gift of peace into your hearts. His peace is the sweetest kind, the one the world can never provide. His peace is the peace you need in your soul.